Sunday, 20 November 2011 13:40
LSU Slaughters Ole Miss Rebs Now Faces Arkansas Showdown
Written by 

les-miles"We look forward to our future. It's something we've really pointed to. This team realizes what path it's on. Our team realizes what we need to do and we're going to do."
; ---
LSU coach Les Miles after beating Ole Miss

While other Top 25 teams were falling, No. 1 LSU ran roughshod over Ole Miss 52-3 in its most lop-sided win in the series on Saturday night in Oxford. It was as one-sided as a hanging.

LSU, which is 7-0 in SEC play, improved to11-0 in the regular season for the first time in school, history. The 1958 National champions finished 11-0 after its Sugar Bowl victory over Clemson.


On Friday, the Tigers will face Arkansas (10-1, 6-1 SEC) in the final game of the regular season. Kickoff is at 1:30 p.m. at Tiger Stadium on CBS (Ch. 4).

Arkansas, a national championship game contender (and it's well deserved), bounced Mississippi State 44-17 on Saturday while other contenders' hopes went up in mushroom clouds all around LSU. Oklahoma lost to Iowa State, Oregon fell to USC, Clemson was kicked out by North Carolina State and Oklahoma lost to Baylor.

Friday's matchup will feature the Razorbacks' passing game against the Tigers NFL-type, soul-killing defense, two of the Top 5 teams, national title hope at stake

In order to set up the matchup, LSU had to get by its once-rival on their Senior Night. Twenty-eight seconds in the game, The Tigers took all the momentum from the Rebels as cornerback Ron Brooks intercepted a third-down pass and ran 46 yards for a touchdown.

The Tigers scored 21 points in the opening quarter and added another defensive score early in the second quarter when linebacker Kevin Minter picked up a fumble in the end zone. By halftime, LSU was up 35-3 and only the margin of victory was ever in question.

Nine Tigers combined to rush for 353 yards on 50 attempts. Alfred Blue led the way with 74 yards on four attempts including a 57-yarder. Starting tailback Spencer Ware added 70 yards including a 35-yard touchdown run while Kenny Hillard also scored and gained 59 yards on seven attempts while Michael Ford used five carries for 50 yards including a 19-yard touchdown.

James Stamply ("Rudy"), a walkon senior, scored his first career touchdown on a one-yard run in the third quarter that extended LSU's lead to 49-3.

Jordan Jefferson started his second straight game in place of Jarrett Lee and became the Tigers' all-time leading rusher at quarterback with 955 yards. He finished the night 7-of-7 passing for 88 yards and a 22-yard touchdown pass to Russell Shepard. Jefferson had 26 yards rushing yards on six carries.

Lee and Zach Mettenberger saw action at quarterback, but most of it was "mop-up" duty.  Only one pass was thrown by the two although Mettenberger gained 25 yards on a keeper down to the Ole Miss 1.

Miles instructed Mettenberger to take a knee because he didn't think the Tigers needed any more points so Mettenberger kneed down four times and they turned the  ball over to the Rebels.

Miles is starting Jefferson over Lee because Jefferson needs snaps he missed while suspended. Miles wants Jefferson game-ready for the upcoming games against Arkansas, possibly Georgia in the SEC Championship Game and for the BCS National Championship Game. Jefferson's running skills give the Tigers more opportunities on offense.

Here's Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt's take on the game: "You can't start the way we did, especially against a team like LSU. You can't give them gifts like we did and one thing we didn't want was turnovers,, especially when they got seven points right off the bat. That was the worst thing that could happened at that point. LSU's a good team, but we helped them."

"Our defense was sharp to start," said Miles. "That defensive score early was kind of an indicator of how the game went for our opponents."

A rematch with Alabama in the BCS National Championship Game in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Jan. 9 seems almost unavoidable. Only three possibilities remain and one of them hasn't been played yet. They are: LSU-Alabama, Arkansas-Alabama or LSU-Arkansas.

Welcome to the SEC West showdown

How other media saw the LSU game:

Rick Cleveland,
Jackson Clarion-Ledger: "Were this a pro fight, they'd have called it in the first couple of minutes. Winner by TKO, top-ranked LSU.

Were it a college baseball game, the mercy rule would have invoked early.

Were it a street fight, LSU would have been arrested and charged with menslaughter. No bail.

by Ed Staton

(Visit Louisiana Sports Talk for your Tide-Pounding T-shirts).

(Visit Louisiana Sports Talk for your LSU-Arkansas  Hog Hunt Game Day T-shirts)

Join Our Mailing List

 

LSU Football

↑ Grab this Headline Animator

Ed Staton

Ed Staton is a former sports writer for the Times Picayune and New Orleans States Item.  He also served as the New Orleans Saints Information Director.  He has won 43 media awards in writing, design and photography.  

 

Website: www.louisianasportstalk.com
Login to post comments
Powered By JFBConnect
  • Edwards gets Graves challenge on Louisiana flood relief money
  • Gov. Edwards's pugnacious state of union gave wrong Louisiana vision
  • Trump plus 80 days: Jim Brown, Bernie Pinsonat talk US, Louisiana politics
  • Trump should be like Reagan, not like Bush

graves c 3Shades of Katrina?

    Is political partisanship raising its ugly head again in the face of another Louisiana disaster?  Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards thinks so.

    Edwards got some rough treatment from a congressional committee in Washington, D.C. when he testified before it recently about the state’s response to flood problems.

Read More

jbeWith equal parts pugnaciousness and disingenuousness, Democrat Gov. John Bel Edwards’ highly-politicized 2017 State of the State speech laid out a truly flawed vision for Louisiana going forward.

Read More

jim bernieIs Russia now our enemy, once again?

Did Donald Trump make the right move or was the latest attack, simply some wag the dog?

Read More

Iron nancy reagan 6n 1986, United States President Ronald Reagan authorized military aircraft to unleash a torrent of bombs in Tripoli, Libya to send a strong message to Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. The attack was in response to Gaddafi’s involvement in the terrorist bombing of a Berlin disco that resulted in the death of American soldiers. 

Read More

latter-blum2

Sen. Appel talks budget, economy

TRUMP TALK

Dead Pelican

Optimized-DeadPelican2 1 1